July 2008 Archives

Wearing shorts at work

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From NYTimes.com: Shorts Crack the CodeShorts Crack the Code - NYTimes.com.jpg
Theoretically, for gender equality men should be able to show some leg and wear shorts to work.

But the pictures of these three guys in the NYTimes pretty much show why this really isn't a good idea. 

The guy on the left gives me the creeps.  The coverage of everything but the legs just serves to emphasize his pasty white legs.  What color shoes do you wear with pasty white legs?  Do you match the suit or try to find something to complement the legs? 

The second guy's shorts are way too short.  He looks a little too anxious to show some leg.  If you're wearing shorts to work, how short should your shorts be?  What if some guy showed up in "Daisy Dukes"?

The third guy.  I don't trust him.  If he showed up to my office, I'd check his man purse before he left because he looks like he probably stole something from me.

And this doesn't even get into leg hygiene.  If you're going to wear shorts to work is male leg hygiene necessary?  Who's going to tell Sasquatch that he's too hairy to wear shorts to work?  Maybe it's better not to cross that line.

For full disclosure, I wear shorts and t-shirts to work in the summer.  One the benefits to owning your own business.

From NYTimes.com: Sichuan Teacher Punished for Quake Photos, Rights Group Says

A Chinese schoolteacher who posted his photographs of quake-damaged schools online has been ordered to a labor camp for a year, a human rights group said Wednesday.

He was detained on June 25, and the principal of his school was told that he was being held for "disseminating rumors and destroying social order," the group said in a statement.

His wife was informed earlier this month that he had been ordered to serve a year of re-education through labor, an extrajudicial system that sidesteps the need for trial or formal charge.
No trial. One year in the labor camps for re-education.  Just for posting pictures of shoddy school construction.  This hits home for me because if I felt like a something was wrong here and I had photographs of it, I wouldn't hesitate to post them on the web.  Here, that makes you a blogger.  In China, that makes you a prisoner in one of their labor camps.

I hope the added attention brought by the Olympics sheds some more light on these human rights abuses.
From NYTimes.com: A Lab Is Set to Test the Gender of Some Female Athletes

Organizers of the Beijing Olympics have set up a sex-determination laboratory to evaluate "suspect" female athletes, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
Man, this has to be one of the worst jobs to have and really embarrassing for the athlete if they're asked to be tested.  I'm pretty sure they're not testing the likes of Maria Sharapova or Jenni Finch. Instead it's the 300 pound Hungarian female weightlifters.

Houston! Learn to recycle!

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From NYTimes.com: Houston Resists Recycling, and Independent Streak Is Cited

Houston recycles just 2.6 percent of its total waste, according to a study this year by Waste News, a trade magazine. By comparison, San Francisco and New York recycle 69 percent and 34 percent of their waste respectively. Moreover, 25,000 Houston residents have been waiting as long as 10 years to get recycling bins from the city.

"We have an independent streak that rebels against mandates or anything that seems trendy or hyped up," said Mayor Bill White, who favors expanding the city's recycling efforts. "Houstonians are skeptical of anything that appears to be oversold or exaggerated. But Houstonians can change, and change fast."
Independent streak.  Good one.  Instead of taking blame and correcting it, the Mayor says it's an independent streak.

Let's face it, Houston's a city that grew with the excesses of the oil and energy industries so it's not surprising that Houston's not been accepting of environmentally friendly ideas.  But, come on now, it's 2008 already!  Just because landfill is cheap doesn't mean you should still throw everything away.

Soapbox story on Fountain Square

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There's a story in Soapbox Cincinnati about Fountain Square's makeover and the resulting impact in the surrounding area.
A few years ago, my friend Chris and I were at a happy hour in front of what was then Bella when an out of town police officer visiting Cincinnati for a convention asked us where he could go after the happy hour to grab a drink.  Chris and I looked at each other and  apologetically told the guy that there really weren't many choices in the downtown area.  The story is so different today.

It is absolutely exciting to see downtown teeming with life.  Now, if more in Cincinnati would realize how much progress has been made.

Kudos go to Bill Donabedian and 3CDC for organizing these activities and bringing life back to the Square.

A few pictures from last Thursday's Salsa on the Square
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I was browsing some blogs for more Comic-Con news when I came across some photos of the Entertainment Weekly/SciFi Channel Comic-Con party.  If he weren't carrying a sign with his name on it, I wouldn't have recognized Richard Dean Anderson, Macgyver himself.

008.jpgHe's been more recently seen on Stargate, but I never watched it or it's spinoff. 

As a side note, Richard Dean Anderson used to be huge in Taiwan.  Every time you'd go into a TV/Movie poster shop, there'd be a zillion photos or posters of him there.  He and Tommy Page had a huge following.

Full Video of the Battlestar Galactica Panel from Comic-Con

This is what I really would have wanted to see if I had gone to Comic-Con.  Thanks to Scifi.com for putting it online.  It's the entire one hour Battlestar Galactica Panel with some cast and producers.
I've not had any luck in getting MobileMe to push iCal events to my iPhone.  I've created events on my desktop and synced them to the MobileMe.  The events will show up on the other computers in my "cloud", but the events don't get pushed to the iPhone.  They only show up after I've manually synced the phone to my computer.  

It doesn't seem like there's a way to force the Calendar app to sync with the MobileMe cloud to update the data.

I hope they get the bugs in MobileMe worked out soon.

UPDATE: Fixed my problem! My iPhone settings weren't correct for iPhone iCal sync.

My dream girl?

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Have I found my dream girl? Maybe!
matchprofile.jpg Second grade teacher by day and stripper by night!  And she likes nachos!

Cincinnati Bloggers Convention

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Last night was the first annual Cincinnati Bloggers Convention at the Mercantile Library.  I didn't know any other bloggers personally prior to attending so it was wonderful to put some faces to a lot of the blogs that I read.  Thanks to the the Mercantile Library for putting things together.

Here are a few pictures of the Convention plus a few of the Mercantile Library.  The Mercantile Library has the classic library look, you should check it out if you get the chance.  I've embedded these photos in my blog using a site called Pictobrowser that takes Flickr photos and generates code that you insert into a blog.  I've been looking for better ways to present a series of photos.

Ride the Ducks Newport

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UPDATE: Ride the Ducks Spotted!

From Soapbox Media: Ride the Ducks, Cincinnati 'a perfect fit'

I've seen "Duck" tours in other cities, and I think it's a fun little tour for those visiting Cincinnati/Newport.  However, any tour that lists the "World Peace Bell" as a "hot spot" on their tour seriously needs to reconsider the path of their tour. 

The "World Peace Bell" is good for a WTF reaction, that's about it.

From NewportDucks.com:

Experience sightseeing fun from a duck's eye view on Greater Cincinnati's only duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Tour the streets and SPLASH into the Ohio River. Ride The Ducks is the fun thing to do in Newport.
Ride The Ducks hits all the hot spots within the historic district, such as...

World Peace Bell
Roebling Suspension Bridge
Newport Aquarium
Serpentine Wall
Historic Riverside Drive
Paul Brown Stadium
Great American Ballpark
And much more!

1980's themed Adam Dunn Bobblehead

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On July 26, 2008, the Cincinnati Reds are offering a 1980's themed Adam Dunn Bobblehead to the first 30,000 fans.
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This likeness of Adam Dunn is captured while he's swinging and missing at a local bar near you.  What do you do with a bobblehead like this?

Interview with Jamie Bamber

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Here's an interview with Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber right after they wrapped the series finale.  No secrets, but he does go a little into the emotions of finishing up filming Battlestar Galactica.  Jamie's next project is Law and Order: London.  I'm so used to hearing Jamie speak as Lee Adama, that every time I hear his native British accent, it surprises me.


Fire at Bootsy's

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From Cincinnati.com: Bootsy's fire was arson

Lighter fluid had been used to set fire to blueprints, along with the corporate chef's pile of work, which included about 10 months worth of recipes and research.
I saw this interview of Jeff Ruby on Channel 5 WLWT and one, I can't believe that it lead off the news and two, that it's the weirder arson story I've heard in a while.  It was a strange interview with Jeff Ruby kind of rambling on about the fire and recipes.

So, someone entered the place through an unlocked door, set a small fire on the first floor and then went upstairs to set some blueprints and recipes and research on fire.  If it's arson, what's the motivation?  It doesn't seem like a random act of vandals or criminals.  Sounds more like a disgruntled employee or associate.

Is their really 10 months worth of recipe work for a Jeff Ruby restaurant?

The other side of Beijing

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From NYTimes.com: Lost in the New Beijing: The Old Neighborhood

The flip side to the amazing architecture that is being built is the loss of historical neighborhoods, from ancient courtyard houses to Communist era big block housing.
From Boston.com: Beijing 2008 Preparations - Three Weeks to Go
oly2.jpg Amazing photographs.  Definitely worth a look.  The architecture is stunning, but besides the government clearing the air for the Olympics, will there be another time where you can see these buildings without the smog?

Thanks to Doug for the link.
From NYTimes.com: Clinton Lends Her Campaign More Money as Its Debt Proves Stubborn

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton lent her campaign an additional $1 million at the end of June, underscoring the difficulty she is having staying ahead of creditors and retiring a mountain of campaign debt, filings with the Federal Election Commission show.
If all of Hillary Clinton's 20 million supporters kicked in a dollar, her debt would be gone tomorrow.
From Indianapolis Business Journal: BREAKING: Controversial cadaver exhibit coming

Atlanta-based Premier Exhibitions Inc. is looking to bring its controversial "Bodies ... the Exhibition" show to Indianapolis. The exhibit, which features cadavers that have been plasticized, dissected and posed, has been dogged by reports that the specimens used in the presentation may be the remains of tortured Chinese prisoners.

If the show opens here, it would debut mere months before the Indiana State Museum is slated to bring the more reputable "Body Worlds III" exhibit to Indianapolis. The founder of that show's company, Dr. Gunther von Hagens, has spoken out against using bodies from China, which doesn't closely regulate its specimens.
Premier is looking at putting the exhibit at the Circle Centre Mall.  Cincinnati is one of the few places where this exhibit has been shown in a museum.  More often the exhibit has been shown at shopping malls or casinos. 

It's clear that Premier is all about making profit, trying to slide the show into Indianapolis to steal the crowd before Body World III shows up.

Premier is about to open Bodies the Exhibition at the Luxor in Las Vegas on August 2, 2008.

If you're new to controversy about Bodies the Exhibition, here are some links to what I've written previously about this exhibit.

Bodies: the Exhibition in Cincinnati. Unethical. Bodies shown without consent of the dead
Exhibitor of Cincinnati's Bodies the Exhibition settles with NY Attorney General

Boycott Bodies the Exhibition Cincinnati

From CNN.com: Zimbabwe introduces $100 billion banknotes

Zimbabwe's troubled central bank introduced $100 billion banknotes Saturday in a desperate bid to ease the recurrent cash shortages plaguing the inflation-ravaged economy.
As high as they are, though, the bills still aren't enough to buy a loaf of bread. They can buy only four oranges.

The new note is equal to just one U.S. dollar.
That's some messed up currency.
From NYTimes.com: Yes We Can

Mr. Gore's focus is primarily on solar, wind and geothermal energy. His belief is that a dramatic, wholesale transition to these abundant and renewable sources of energy is not just doable, but essential.

My view of Mr. Gore's passionate engagement with some of the biggest issues of our time is that he is offering us the kind of vision and sense of urgency that has been so lacking in the presidential campaigns. But the tendency in a society that is skeptical, if not phobic, about anything progressive has been to dismiss his large ideas and wise counsel, as George H. W. Bush once did by deriding him as "ozone man."

The naysayers will tell you that once again Al Gore is dreaming, that the costs of his visionary energy challenge are too high, the technological obstacles too tough, the timeline too short and the political lift much too heavy.

When exactly was it that the U.S. became a can't-do society? It wasn't at the very beginning when 13 ragamuffin colonies went to war against the world's mightiest empire. It wasn't during World War II when Japan and Nazi Germany had to be fought simultaneously. It wasn't in the postwar period that gave us the Marshall Plan and a robust G.I. Bill and the interstate highway system and the space program and the civil rights movement and the women's movement and the greatest society the world had ever known.
Bob Herbert has hit the nail on the head with this insightful op-ed piece.  What happened to having goals and striving to accomplish them?  I feel like we've adopted a siege mentality to all things.  This has to change.
UPDATE: I've been told by a commenter that the model is Sage Salzer, not Kate Dillon.  I appreciate the information as it's always important to know accurately who you're being haunted by.  So, in the paragraph below, Sage is my internet friend and companion, not Kate.
Article about Sage Salzer

You know how some people are haunted by ghosts?  I think I'm being haunted by Lane Bryant banner ads, especially the one with the woman wearing a bra.  After doing a little research, I think she's Kate Dillon, a well known plus sized model.  I guess there are worse things in the world than being haunted by Kate Dillon, so I've decided to just accept this as the way things are.  Now, I half expect her to talk to me like some futuristic avatar.  Anyways, here's Kate and I giving you a tour of the internet.

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# of alien women slept with

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Thanks Karin for this: song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

We can solve the climate crisis

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For more information go to Wecansolveit.org

Earth and the Moon Video

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This is too cool.  A video shot of the Earth and the Moon from NASA's EPOXI spacecraft.
Via Gizmodo

I've noticed that my first generation iPhone is draining the battery much more quickly with the iPhone 2.0 update.  This is just for every day phone use WITHOUT using applications.  I've been too busy the last couple of days to play around with the applications.  Right now, I get enough battery charge to last through the day, but by the end of the day the battery gauge is much lower than what I'm used to seeing.

It's probably the iPhone's new push mail and contacts.  Battery life's the price to be paid when having your data more in sync.

I'm considering disabling push for mail unless I'm on the road and I need to see my mail as it comes in.  Right now, I've turned off receiving an alert when I get mail because it's been beeping and vibrating because of the volume of incoming mail that I receive.  Plus, I use my iPhone as my alarm clock, so late night beeping is not welcome.

I did get my first alert that an application has been updated.  I like how the App Store shows a little number showing how many updates are waiting.

From CNN.com: McCain calls Obama health care plan 'HillaryCare'

"My friends, we've seen this movie before," McCain said. "It was called 'HillaryCare' back in 1993, and we're not going to do it again. We're not going to have the government take over the health care system in America."
That's the way to woo Hillary supporters.  They're going to coming running to you now!

Is there anything creepier than hearing McCain say "My friends"?  When I hear him say, which is all the time, it raises the little hairs on the back of neck.  Like my spider sense is going to go wild if he gets elected.
From NYTimes.com: Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power

"We're borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet," Mr. Gore said. "Every bit of that's got to change."

And it can change, he said, citing some scientists' estimates that enough solar energy falls on the surface of the earth in 40 minutes to meet the world's energy needs for a year, and that the winds that blow across the Midwest every day could meet the country's daily electricity needs.
"Of course, there are those who will tell us that this can't be done," he conceded. "But even those who reap the profits of the carbon age have to recognize the inevitability of its demise. As one OPEC oil minister observed, 'The Stone Age didn't end because of a shortage of stones.' "
It's critical that we have bold leadership going forward who are willing to invest in developing new technology to free us from our dependence on foreign oil.  An "Apollo" type investment in renewable energy could help end this dependence on carbon based fuels and create new high tech energy related industries and jobs.  I think people are beginning to realize the seriousness of our energy problem and the time may have finally arrived for change.

Wilfrod Brimley, Diabeetus Cat

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Chinese gearing up for the Olympics

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From www.chinaview.cn
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xinsrc_30207050307512033088210.jpgTesting the gentle misting spray that will clear the air for track and field.

Bombarded with Lane Bryant Banner Ads

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I don't know if Lane Bryant has made a huge ad buy of banner ads on the internet or somehow I'm being targeted by this maker of plus sized women's wear, but I've been seeing these ads everywhere!

In the New York Times
In three, yes three banner ads on a Macintosh news site, Macnn. It's kind of strange to see these ads on a Macintosh website.
LaneBryant1.jpgPundit Kitchen:
LaneBryant4.jpgWho are you, you temptress?  And why are you haunting my web experience?

While I was researching whether or not other people are seeing these ads, I came across this classic Lane Bryant ad.lanebryant062008preview.jpgWhile I'm on the subject of Lane Bryant, I recently saw a lingerie store called Cacique.  It turns out it's a store concept/brand owned by Lane Bryant.
Two problems with the name Cacique.  No one knows what the name is and and no one knows how to pronounce it correctly.  Lane Bryant even knows that- that's why they even have the pronunciation on the actual sign itself!

Miriam-Webster has the definition of Cacique as:
1 : a native Indian chief in areas dominated primarily by a Spanish culture
2 : a local political boss in Spain and Latin America

An Indian Chief or a Latin American political boss.  Now, that's making me think about buying some plus sized panties!
From ESPN.com: Report: NFL to review tape for evidence of on-field gang signs

The NFL has hired experts to study game footage to determine whether players are displaying street-gang hand signals as part of their on-field celebrations, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Man, the NFL is seriously becoming the "No Fun League".  First, fining for celebrations, and now banning street-gang symbols?  I guess the players will have to turn to celebrating, partying, and being involved with criminal elements after the game.

Hamburgers invade Paris

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From NYTimes.com: In Paris, Burgers Turn Chic

Beginning a few years ago but picking up momentum in the past nine months, hamburgers and cheeseburgers have invaded the city. Anywhere tourists are likely to go this summer -- in St.-Germain cafes, in fashion-world hangouts, even in restaurants run by three-star chefs -- they are likely to find a juicy beef patty, almost invariably on a sesame seed bun.

"It has the taste of the forbidden, the illicit -- the subversive, even," said Hélène Samuel, a restaurant consultant here. "Eating with your hands, it's pure regression. Naturally, everyone wants it."
"A hamburger is the architecture of taste par excellence," she explained. "The meat needs to be a mix of fatty and lean. Not raw, not rare. It must be medium rare. At the same time the bread needs to be smooth, tepid, toasted on the sesame side. I like to brush the soft side with butter. There needs to be a crispy chiffonade of iceberg lettuce. Everything plays a role."

Just as long as it isn't a little tiny burger in the center of a gigantic plate.

Iranian photos from Gizmodo

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From Gizmodo.com: 115 More Pieces of Amazing Iranian Technology Created with Photoshop
GizmodoIran.jpgThanks to Doug for sending me the link.

iTunes App Store needs work

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iTunes works well for music, but not so well for selling iPhone applications.  Or at least not yet.  My main problem is trying to figure out what each application does.  For example in the category of photography:iTunesAppStore.jpgIt's difficult to figure out what any of these applications are just from the icon and the name.  Because of this, customers are forced to click on every application just to read a description.  There should be a one or two line description of the program and maybe a rating to make things easier.

The "New" section is kind of a strange category since it doesn't look like it has been updated since the App Store opened.  The "New" section should almost be renamed "featured" since new apps are not being put there.

Third party websites like TouchArcade are emerging to fill in the gaps by providing useful and needed information about the applications in the App Store.

From NYTimes.com: McCain's Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)

"I count myself as a conservative Republican, yet I view it to a large degree in the Theodore Roosevelt mold," Mr. McCain said, referring to Roosevelt's reputation for reform, environmentalism and tough foreign policy.
I wonder if John McCain and old Teddy talked political policy while serving together during the Spanish American War.

Do you have to go that far back to find a Republican that supported reform, environmentalism, and tough foreign policy?


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From Time.com: Chess-Boxing Hits it Big

The matches work like this: competitors alternate between three-minute rounds of boxing and four-minute rounds of speed chess with one-minute breaks in between to get the gloves off and hunker down at the chess table.

The winner is determined by knockout, checkmate, or referee decision.

This is pretty funny.  It seems like it would favor boxers who play chess rather than the typical chess players who might box.

What is satire?

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image4257658g.jpgFrom CBS News: New Yorker Obama Cover Sparks Uproar

Barack Obama's campaign is condemning as "tasteless and offensive" a New Yorker magazine cover that depicts Obama in a turban, fist-bumping his gun-slinging wife.

An American flag burns in their fireplace.

The New Yorker says it's satire. It certainly will be candy for cable news.
From later in the article:
The magazine explains at the start of its news release previewing the issue: "On the cover of the July 21, 2008, issue of The New Yorker, in 'The Politics of Fear,' artist Barry Blitt satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign."
From Wikipedia's definition of satire:

Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humor in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit.
This cover really doesn't seem like it fits the definition of satire to me.  Where's the wit?  Where's the attack on something the artist strongly disapproves of?  It shows the summary of scare tactics that are being used against Obama but it seems to validate them instead of disapproving them.  It looks like the artist is actually saying that this is what will happen if you vote Obama into the White House.

Salsa on the Square taking off!

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From salsa-caliente.com: Salsa on the Square - July 10, 2008

My Salsa instructor Diana Hoffman of KamaSalsa taught Salsa last night at Fountain Square and she said that there had to be 400 people in her class!  I'm going to have to move my tennis lessons to another night so I can actually go dance.  I hear it's usually hot, but lots of fun!  Click the link above for pictures.
From Forbes.com: Premier Exhibitions dives after 1Q disappoints

The company attributed the loss to a reduced number of revenue-producing days because many of its exhibitions were traveling, negative publicity for the companies Bodies exhibit from ABC's 20/20 news show, and an increase in administrative costs as it tries to produce more of its own exhibits.
It's nice to hear that the growing awareness over the controversy of the Bodies the Exhibition that's currently being shown at the Cincinnati Museum Center is actually having some negative impact on the company's profits.

The Cincinnati Museum Center is claiming record attendance for the show, but it is clear this show is drawing at a slower rate than previous record shows.  I detailed this in an earlier blog entry: Bodies the Exhibition in Cincinnati not doing as well as expected

iPhone 2.0 quick impressions

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Auto Word Correction
There's been some changes to the iPhone auto word correction.  Typing "its" now gives you the option of "it's" as the default option.  Typing "ill" gets you "i'll".  I used type "itsa" to get "it's".

App Store
The ability to run third party applications is the major new feature in iPhone 2.0.  Applications are purchased and installed through Apple's App store.  It can be accessed directly on the iPhone or through iTunes.

A few little quirks in the App Store on the iPhone.  You can browse the store through categories, featured, and top 25 in sales.  On the categories screen it lists Games (15).  I'm assuming the number in the parentheses are the number of games in the category, but there are by far more than 15 games in the category.
Appstorecategories.jpgI haven't been able to find out how to change the sorting view, currently alphabetical by application name.
games.jpg I find that in general, there's not enough description about the applications and the lack of a demo makes it hard for me to purchase an application that I'm not familiar with.  The good thing is that there are a lot of free applications to try out.

I did purchase two games, Super Monkey Ball by Sega and the puzzle game Enigmo by Panagea.

I don't think it's quite working yet.  I seem to get some mail pushed to me, but my calendars and contacts aren't being updated yet over the air.  I'm actually having issues with the sync hanging on syncing contacts when I'm using a direct cable.

Remote for iTunes
This is an amazing free application that makes your iPhone a remote for iTunes or an Apple TV.  It works really well.

Screen Capture
Press the home button and then click the power button to snap your picture.

Access the new scientific by rotating the screen to horizontal.  Clever!

Iranians know how to use Photoshop

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From NYTimes.com: In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many

As news spread across the world of Iran's provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.

Doctored photo that was shown on major news sites:
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ledemissiles2.jpg The Iranian news agency originally released the 4 missile photo, but later released the three missile photo after the authenticity of the photo was called into question.

It seems that the Iranian's doctored the photo to cover up the failure of one of the missiles to launch.  There have been examples of altered photos showing up in the media, but this has to be one of the most blatant examples of such.  The media's going to have to be extremely diligent in sourcing photos and confirming authenticity.

Bomberman for iPhone

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From toucharcade.com: Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb

Veteran game developer Hudson Soft is breathing new life into its classic arcade-style maze game Bomberman with the forthcoming release of Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb for the iPhone and iPod touch.
The interesting thing about this is how you control the game with the iPhone.  It uses a combination of flicking and tapping the screen with tilting the iPhone.  I'm interested in seeing how other developers use the strengths of the iPhone to make up for missing dedicated gaming controls.  Follow the link to see a YouTube video of the game in action.

Wind is the answer?

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From NYTimes.com: Pickens Says Gas And Wind Would Slash Oil Imports

Texas energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens on Tuesday called for a massive switch to natural gas as a transportation fuel and a boost in wind power in a plan aimed at reducing U.S. foreign oil dependence by a more than a third.
The one thing that is clear, is the government is not going to be able to solve our energy problems.  It's going to be entrepreneurs and visionaries that will lead the way.  Wind may not be the answer to all our problems, but it's a start, especially when an old oilman is leading the way.
From NYTimes.com: A Private Dance? Four Million Web Fans Say No

Nice a little profile of Matt Harding, creator of the Where the Hell is Matt video, now viewed over 4.6 million times!

No more fat cats!

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Here's a good way to keep your cats nice and trim!
Cats On A Treadmill - Watch more free videos
From NYTimes.com: Rising Convention Costs and Delays Worry Democrats

Am I alone in thinking that way too much money is being spent for Political Conventions?  What purposes do these Conventions serve these day with the nominees already in place?

How would like this as your epitaph?

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From NYTimes.com: Jesse Helms, Conservative Force In the Senate, Dies at 86

How would you like to be known for battling against Civil Rights?  Not one of the prouder moments for humanity.

Feliz dia de la Independencia!

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Found this display of Independence Day decorations at Lowes in Cincinnati. 
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Knight Rider GPS

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From Knight Rider Online: Mio Knight Rider GPS has voice of KITT Inside

It might be fun to have KITT give you turn by turn directions, but I could do without the picture of David Hasselhoff appearing every time you turn it on.
From ESPN.com: Hammon's Olympic dream puts her in Russian uniform

"The jersey that I wear has never made me who I was. It has nothing to do with what's written on my heart," Hammon told ESPN.com Tuesday. "Will I be playing for Russia? Yes. But I'm absolutely 100 percent still an American. I love our country. I love what we stand for. This is an opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing in the Olympics."

What might make Hammon's decision an eye-opener in this country is that -- in addition to her scrappy point-guard play -- her popularity stems partly from the perception that she is the ultimate small-town all-American girl: blond hair, ponytail and near perfect smile. And now the all-American girl will suit up for Russia, which could knock a dent into that image.
Becky Hammon, a popular WNBA player, is U.S. born with no Russian ancestors.  Hammon became a naturalized Russian citizen last year to be able to play on the Russian team.

I have no problem with naturalized citizens joining a country's Olympic team- there are a number of them that have been on the U.S. Olympic team.  However, I think if you become a citizen of a country you should show some allegiance to the country. 

When Hammon says that she's 100% American, that should be a slap in the face to every member of the Russian Olympic team.  I'm surprised that the Russians would allow her to stay on the team with statements like that.  Imagine an U.S. Olympic team member saying that he/she had 100% allegiance to another country.

We even import torture from China

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From NYTimes.com: China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo

The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of "coercive management techniques" for possible use on prisoners, including "sleep deprivation," "prolonged constraint," and "exposure."

What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.
Come on!  Do we have to import everything from China?  What happened to old fashioned American torture?

Seriously, this is a disturbing article about how torture was used to gain confessions of captured American soldiers, often false.

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